John A. Castle, 80, of Enfield, widower of Margene (Hubbard) Castle (1996), entered peacefully into eternal rest Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.
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Born in Hartford, John was the son of the late Samuel and Louise (Ludlow) Castle. He had been a resident of Enfield since 1960 and was very active in the community throughout his life. John was a graduate of Springfield College where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in education. He was a former school teacher for the South Windsor schools and later was employed at the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, where he retired after 30 years. An avid swimmer, John was a founding member and former coach for the Enfield Tankers swim team and was a former swim coach at Trinity College. He also taught Red Cross swimming.
John's love of town politics inspired him to be a former member of the Enfield Democratic Town Committee. He had been a longtime justice of the peace and was a member of the Enfield Theater Group. Additionally, he belonged to the Friends of Richard Lapointe. His hobbies included his passion for reading and studying history, but what truly brought him happiness was his grandchildren and attending their sporting events.
John is survived by a daughter, Wendy Leonardo and her husband, Jim; two sons, Scott Castle and Gary Castle and his wife, Stacy, all of Enfield; eight grandchildren, James, Amanda, Christina, and Danielle Leonardo, Brett Castle, and Beth, Sarah, and Kimberly Castle. He is also survived by a sister, Sally Findlay and her husband, Harry, of Glendale, Ariz.; and a brother, Roger Castle and his wife, Grace, of Tariffville.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield.
John's funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Leete-Stevens. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the
, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108-3272; or to the
, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.
To leave an online condolence, visit
Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels
61 South Road
Enfield, CT 06082
Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 21 to Nov. 25, 2012